Texas Tech University

Rawls College Freshmen Start Chapter and Compete in DECA Competition

Trevor Bell

February 23, 2016

A group of Rawls College freshmen recently started the first Collegiate DECA chapter at Texas Tech. This past weekend, five members of DECA Tech competed in the Collegiate DECA State Competition in Dallas. Two of the students, Sarah Davila and James Caden, qualified for the international competition to be held in April in Washington DC. Sara earned first place in the Retail Management division, and James earned third place in the Accounting division. Katey Esparza participated in the Professional Sales competition, and Sean Lewis and Clayton Dehaan participated as a team in the Entrepreneurship Growing a Business division.

There were 180 competitors at the state competition including chapters from University of Texas and University of North Texas. Nationally there are 275 collegiate chapters, and 16,000 collegiate members. DECA's mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

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(L to R) Sean Lewis, James Caden, Clayton Deehan, and Sarah Davila
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Sarah Davila and James Caden
This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.